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Poster: Stealz Date: Mar 29, 2008 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: A.L.O. (NON-Dead but still VERY music-related)

Animal Liberation Orchestra---- Anyone had a chance to check these guys out? A west coast band with a definitive sound all their own. I've heard people try to pigeonhole them as yet another simple pop, funk and jazz jam band, but I disagree that there is anything "simple" about these guys.

From a musical standpoint, some of the comparisons that get drawn between them and other current jam bands are somewhat fair because each member is able to demonstrate a certain degree of mastery when it comes to his own instrument/s but that's where the comparisons end for me. The sound they create is distinctly their own and has been achieved through a lot of hard work and years of friendship.

A couple of quotes from their website:

"This ain't no wish-it-was-Jerry jam band knockoff, kid, but killer electric jazz improv. ALO excels at floating harmonies, soulful vocals, sublime bass grooves, tasty Rhodes keyboards and the most ace lead guitar lines." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Each member of ALO could easily be the musical star of their own band, so it's nice to see accomplished musicians like these stick together." - Associated Press

"The true magic of the group is the tenacious cohesion these four guys have and their firm realization of what each brings to the table in their musical chemistry." - Skope Magazine


Check em out if you've got nothing better to do. There's a sampler of several of their tunes you can listen to if you follow the Music/Videos link on their home page.

http://www.alomusic.com/index.html

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Poster: Ellis Van Sofa Date: Mar 29, 2008 9:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A.L.O. (NON-Dead but still VERY music-related)

I've heard they are really fun live but i haven't been super impressed by what i've heard on the archive.

They remind me of some of the more accomplished funky college party bands from my UCSC days. Not music i would listen to at home but i would be stoked if they were playing at a party.

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Poster: Crazy Otto Date: Mar 29, 2008 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A.L.O. (NON-Dead but still VERY music-related)

I've seen them a few times. They are kind of hit and miss with me. The first time I saw them they had a lot of energy and it was a great show, but that energy's been lacking ever since. The other times I have seen them I left early into the show, and walking out on a show before the encore is over is VERY RARE for me.

They are definitely good musicians, but nothing to write home about. And they can write some fun and catchy tunes, but not the kind that really warrant repeated listens, at least in my humble opinion.

If you haven't seen them before and they are in your area, they are worth checking out at least once. But as for me, I probably won't catch them again unless they happen to open for a band I really want to see.